Celiac Disease: Nutrition Education in Primary School

Study Purpose

Celiac disease is a chronic immune-based intestinal pathology. Its prevalence is 1% and its incidence has increased in recent years. This disease usually causes gastrointestinal and/or extraintestinal symptoms, which can only be reduced by following a strict, lifelong gluten-free diet. In addition, the social life of people with celiac disease is impaired due to the impact of the gluten-free diet on daily activities. An adequate Nutrition Education program can improve the physical and social health of these people. Moreover, considering the high impact this disease has on the people close to the celiac patient, and due to the important role that general population has in the care and inclusion of persons with celiac disease, education should be directed to general population. Therefore, the purpose of ZELIAKIDE program is to promote Nutrition Education in general population. In particular, the specific aims are 1) to promote the social inclusion of people with celiac disease by raising awareness among the general population, and 2) to promote a balanced diet and an interest in science and research among children. ZELIAKIDE is an intervention aimed at children and focused on the school environment, and is based on Inquiry Based Learning (IBL) methodology. Inquiry-based Teaching-Learning Sequence (TLS) has been created to internalize and integrate competences related to celiac disease, gluten, gluten-free diet, balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. In addition, this TLS aims to develop scientific competence through activities that promote science and the research process. Although nutrition education programs for children have proven to be effective, it has been observed that children's interest in science has decreased. The investigators therefore aim to implement a nutrition education programme based on previous experiences that promotes science skills and stimulates children's interest in science.

Recruitment Criteria

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

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Study Type

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Eligible Ages 10 Years - 12 Years
Gender All
More Inclusion & Exclusion Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • - School must show interest in participating in the project.
  • - Children study in a primary school that must be used to project based learning.
  • - Have at least one class in grades 5th and 6th level of primary school.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • - Family or closed relationship with school students.

Trial Details

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Lead Sponsor

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University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)
Principal Investigator

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Principal Investigator Affiliation N/A
Agency Class

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Overall Status Recruiting
Countries Spain

The disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury that is being studied.

Celiac Disease
Arms & Interventions


Experimental: Experimental, nutrition education program

No Intervention: control group



The nutrition education program will be adapted to the curriculum of the schools. The intervention will consist of 8 sessions and the main topics will be: (1) to understand the balanced diet and to apply it to one´s own diet, (2) to learn what celiac disease and gluten are, (3) to promote social inclusion. Each session will last 60 minutes and they will take place during school hours. The whole intervention will last 4 weeks, 2 sessions per week. Teaching-learning process will be developed through games and experiments. Designed activities are based on IBL methodology, which has proven to be very effective in science teaching-learning processes. As a result, inquiry-oriented TLS has been developed, focused on facilitating children's understanding of the research process.

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Itziar Churruca Ortega, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Álava, Spain




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Vitoria-Gasteiz, Álava, 01006

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